Happy Friday, everyone!
I decided to do a post on where I shop because I get questions about the places pretty regularly – from co-workers, friends and strangers. This is going to be a challenge because I shop so many places, but here’s a list of my top places and a little reason why I shop there.
1. Thrift Stores – Instant love. I enjoy going to these places because you never really know what you are going to find. I have designer duds there (Ugh, Valentino pants did not fit me!) and some really retro outfits as well. It really just depends. Since a lot of older trends are making a comeback, a lot of the old merchandise can totally be worn! I have left with a large bag of clothes for under $20. Thrift stores often have special shopping days or tag events that will get you an additional percentage off or “99 cent for all clothing.” I’ve never paid full thrift price for anything I’ve purchased. Do your research, check Yelp, and plan a trip to your local thrift store. If you are in the Sacramento area, I recommend the Salvation Army store on 16th and D and Thrift Town stores (numerous locations). I hear that the St. Vincent De Paul one is supposed to be good, but I haven’t made it there yet.
2. Nordstrom Rack – I have a love/hate relationship with this place. I never can find shoes here (damnit), but can usually find clothes. I only tend to shop here when they are having a crazy sale, like their “Clear The Racks” sale last week. I got a bag full of clothes less than $100! The most expensive item was $20. I even got the denim blazer I’m wearing above for $10, not to mention a few blouses, a grey jacket, and jewelry.
3. Discount stores like Ross, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx – I have a problem at all of these stores. Because if you go to a Ross or a TJ Maxx in a better neighborhood, you’re gonna find some good shit. I’m talking about clothes, shoes, linens and home decor. But anyway, these stores are actually keeping up with trends and aren’t just selling the reject merchandise that you hear they are. Check their sale racks too! I have gotten some of my best dresses at Ross, including one that cost me $2.50 and was Tory Burch-esque. If you live in Sacramento, I would recommend you go to the Ross in Roseville and Country Club Plaza. TJ Maxx in Roseville and Marshalls in Natomas and Howe (maybe). The TJ Maxx in Moraga is my favorite! For you designer lovers out there, they have Louboutin’s as well as other high end items. It’s worth the trip out there.
4. Local Boutiques – I am a big fan of Heart Clothing Boutique, Legacy Boutique and Cuffs in Sacramento. Although I purchase some items full price, it doesn’t hurt to scour the sale racks. You might get 50% off already reduced prices, on some of the freshest clothing out there. Often the merchandise is put on their Facebook pages, so you have an idea of what you are getting into before you walk in the store! It doesn’t hurt to build a rapport with the shop girls here, either! They will then know what kind of merchandise you are looking for, and will let you know when it arrives! Shop Local!
5. Gap – Gap sale rack is the shit. I always find something. Whether it is a simple tank to layer under a sweater, or a slick pair of jeans, there is always something for me. For example, I went into Gap this week. The sign that lead me in was “Take an additional 30% off sale.” That’s all I needed. I went in and found goodies. I got a pair of dark denim long shorts (awesome for a tall drink of water like myself) and a pair of high waist trouser jeans, priced at $9.99 each. So with an additional 30% off, the price was like $16 after tax for both!! I’m telling you, check out the sale rack!
I’m not sure if you noticed, but there is a common theme – I shop sale racks. I seldom buy anything full price. I learned this from my mother. I would beg her for a shirt from Limited Too and she would say “Ok, but wait a couple of weeks.” I didn’t understand why I had to wait, but I do now. The price was cut nearly in half. I find this to be the same for almost everything I want. I have to attribute some of my shopping swagger to having patience. Without patience, you aren’t going to get the best deal or find the best stuff. I’m not saying a lot of patience, but maybe a pinch more.
Now after reading this post, you have a homework assignment. I want you to go out this weekend, and check out the sale racks. Leave a comment here and tell me what you find! Cheers to the weekend!